U.S. Census 2020

I am American. I am Asian American. I am Laotian American.

Make sure you are counted in Census 2020. Completing the survey will provide the Census Bureau with more information about how to best serve multiethnic Laotian Americans.

We will continue to update this page with the latest developments of Census 2020 and how you can help ensure everyone in our community is counted.


What is a Census and why is it important?

Once a decade, America comes together to count every resident in the United States, creating national awareness of the importance of the census and its valuable statistics. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the Constitution. It counts our population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting, and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and communities’ vital programs — impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.

The next census is coming in 2020. Counting an increasingly diverse and growing population is a massive undertaking. It requires years of planning and the support of thousands of people.

Ultimately, the success of the census depends on everyone’s participation. The Census Bureau depends on cross-sector collaborations with organizations and individuals to get people to participate.

The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help. The census affects your voice in government, how much funding your community receives and how your community plans for the future. Join us in spreading the word.

What should you know about the 2020 census?

How does the Census benefit Laotian Americans?

Federal funds, grants and support to states, counties and communities are based on population totals and breakdowns by sex, age, race and other factors. The Laotian American community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. When you respond to the census, you help our community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.

Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

How will you be invited to respond to the 2020 Census?

  • Every household will have the option of responding online, by mail, or by phone.

  • Nearly every household will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

  • 95% of households will receive their census invitation by mail.

  • Almost 5% of households will receive their census invitation when a census worker drops it off. In these areas, the majority of households may not receive mail at their home’s physical location (like households that use PO boxes or areas recently affected by natural disasters).

  • Less than 1% of households will be counted in person by a census worker, instead of being invited to respond on their own. This is done in very remote areas like parts of northern Maine, remote Alaska, and in select American Indian areas that ask to be counted in person.

How can you get involved with Census?

Here are five ways:

  1. Sign up for updates on new resources and opportunities to partner with the U.S. Census Bureau.

  2. Follow @uscensusbureau and spread the word about how the census is easy, safe and important by sharing our news, data products, fact sheets and infographics.

  3. Host a workshop to develop solutions to 2020 Census challenges in your community and generate commitments to tackle them.

  4. Form or participate in a State Complete Count Commission or a Complete Count Committee to encourage participation in your community.

  5. Participate in The Opportunity Project to use open data — data that can be freely used and distributed by anyone — to create digital tools that address our greatest challenges through innovative, collaborative solutions.

How is LANA helping?

With the support of the US Census Bureau, we are actively sharing updates on Census 2020 and how to participate through our communication channels. Additionally, we are partnering with local organizations to engage Laotian American communities throughout the U.S. via public service announcements, trainings and workshops.


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